HOSTAGES (Bnei Aruba)
2013, 1st Season 10 episodes, 40 minutes per episode
Creators, Scriptwriters and Directors: Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir
Producer: Chaim Sharir
Produced for Channel 10
Cast: Ayelet Zurer, Yair Lotan, Dar Zozovsky, Yoav Rothman, Micha Selectar, Miki Leon, Hila Vidor, Tomer Kapon, Ido Bartal, Nevo Kimchi, Shmil Ben Ari
After the family of a chief medical surgeon is kidnapped, the surgeon faces a dire dilemma: if she wants to keep her family alive she has to kill the Prime Minister during a routine surgery…
The Danon family live in a large cozy house in Jerusalem. Each member struggles with internal and external conflicts, trying to safeguard their deepest secrets. A typical family.
Yael, the mother of the family and the main character of the series, is a brilliant surgeon, who has been selected to operate on Shmuel Raskin, the current Prime Minister of Israel. It's a relatively simple surgery to perform.
The night before the surgery, four masked men break into the Danon house and holding her family at gunpoint, give Yael a horrifying ultimatum- either she kills the Prime Minister tomorrow during the surgery, or they will kill her family. Yael manages to delay the surgery by four days – four long days in which the kidnappers and hostages are ensnared in the nerve-racking space of the Danon house.
The Danon family and the four kidnapers are forced to spend an intense and intriguingly time together. For the Danon family, this experience turns into a journey of family redemption- secrets from the past are revealed while relationships fall apart and, in turn, are rebuilt. The kidnappers too are gradually exposed as the story progresses. Both their physical and metaphorical masks are stripped away, and the eight characters in the Danon household are caught in a web of emotional intrigues: they defy each other but are drawn to one another.
As the show progresses, we find out that the assassination of the prime minister is merely a small part of a larger conspiracy. The mysterious agency that hired the four kidnapers to execute the mission is gradually revealed by Yael's unrelenting efforts to try and find out who wants to kill Prime Minister and she will stop at nothing to protect her family while trying to prevent the assassination.
By the end of season one, we will find out the reason behind the attempted assassination and the motivation of the conspirators responsible for the murderous transgression. As season one comes to an end, a new group of heroes emerge from the grueling hostage situation.
The series was sold and broadcast in many countries abroad, among those the French Canal +, and BBC 4 in the UK.
The series scripts have been purchased and produces for a U.S. series called "Hostages" in collaboration with Alon Arania by Warner for CBS.
With the assistance of the Jerusalem Film &Television Fund
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Winner of the Golden Umbrella Award for Best Crime Series in Mediamixx Festival 2017